It’s no secret that Burlington has ample — and beautiful — outdoor space that’s perfect for everything from dog-walking to hiking to sightseeing.
The city has quite the reputation for its parks — we have a fair share of spacious and well-maintained green space and that welcomes sightseers and nature enthusiasts year-round.
When it comes to size, though, not all parks are created equal.
While we all know the city has plenty of parks, do we actually know which ones are the biggest?
If you’ve ever wondered that, consider your curiosity sated—we found out for you. Here are the top five biggest parks in Burlington.
5. Ireland Park
This north end community park close to Dundas St. and Walkers Line features two mounded hardball diamonds, two softball diamonds, four sports fields, a tennis court, track, playground, seasonal washroom facilities, a community garden, and parking. A community garden is expected to be operational in spring 2018.
Address: 2315 Headon Forest Dr.
Size: 23.32 hectares.
4. Sherwood Forest Park
This community park near the QEW and Burloak Dr. features four baseball diamonds, six grass fields, a turf field, an indoor gymnasium, a playground, and seasonal washrooms. It’s a popular place for families, complete with those adorable little Blue Jays fans.
Address: 5270 Fairview St.
Size: 23.71 hectares.
3. Hidden Valley Park
This Aldershot gem is tucked away, hence the name. This park has numerous features, including six picnic areas, a baseball diamond, nature trails, a playground, and a splash pad. Hidden Valley Park is the perfect place for west-end residents and visitors to stay cool on a hot summer day. Hidden Valley Park is also home to Burlington’s Model Railway Club. Bring your hiking shoes, nature lovers — these glorious trails will make you feel like you’re in the wild.
Address: 1137 Hidden Valley Rd.
Size: 27.59 hectares.
2. Lowville Park
Head north on Guelph Line to the Lowville community and this beautiful rural park will take you back in time. It’s an ideal spot for a family picnic, featuring Bronte creek, nature trails, dense vegetation, a suspended iron bridge, an old stone one-room school house, and children’s playground. Remember to bring your frisbee, football, soccer ball, etc. There’s an abundant amount of open green space to take in.
Address: 6207 Lowville Park Rd.
Size: 27.98 hectares.
1. City View Park
This gorgeous park along the Bruce Trail celebrated its grand opening on June 23, 2012. Located on Kerns Rd. near Dundas St, west of Brant St., it’s made up of a naturalized park area and former farmers’ fields that have been converted for recreational use. This 165-acre park combines active and passive park amenities including three artificial turf sports fields and lighting, a playground, naturalized areas, trails and plenty of parking. A pavilion is scheduled for construction in 2019.
Address: 2500 Kerns Rd.
Size: 67.34 hectares.
Images courtesy of the City of Burlington